70% OF CHILDREN IN WEST NILE HAD MALARIA ACCORDING TO UGANDA MALARIA INDICATOR SURVEY 2018-19

By Goodluck Musinguzi

A survey involving 900 children aged 0 -59 months(5 years) were classified in two tests as having malaria using Rapid Diagnostic Test(RDT) and microscopy.

Under Rapid Diagnostic 50% of 459 Children were found to be with Malaria while 21.8% of 459 had malaria after using microscopy tests.

The 2018-19 Uganda Malaria Indicator Survey (UMIS) was implemented by the National Malaria Control Division (NMCD) and Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS).

Data collection took place from 11 December 2018 to 31 January 2019. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), and the Government of Uganda with Global Fund support coordinated the successful implementation of the survey through technical or financial support.

44 percentage of children were found with fever in the two weeks preceding the survey.

85.6 percentage of children were found with malaria for whom advice or treatment was sought, 70.0 Percentage for whom advice or treatment was sought the same or next day, 49.6 Percentage who had blood taken from a finger or heel for testing , 184 number of Children

93.5 of women aged 15-49 years agreed with specific statements about malaria, “I sleep under a bed net every night because it is the best way to avoid getting malaria.

96.0 percentage of women said “I can easily hang a mosquito net”.

89.6 of women agreed with statement “Pregnant women should still take the medicine that is meant to keep them from getting malaria even if they sleep under nets every night”.

98.6 of mothers said, “I take the entire course of malaria medicine to make sure the disease will be fully cured”.

98.4 said “It is important to take a child to a health provider the same or next day after the child gets a fever”.

Only 75.3% of women agreed that , “My community is able to come together to take action to prevent malaria among its members”.

539 Mothers agreed to take part in the survey that has helped Ministry of Health to develop different interventions.

About Goodluck Musinguzi

Born on 12th March 1979 in Kabale district, South Western Uganda near the Rwanda and Eastern Congo Borders. Started Journalism around 1999, the Kibwetere inferno was a turn around. Entatsi newspaper and Monitor FM were interested in my stories. I covered extensively the Amama Mbabazi-Garuga Musinguzi Parliamentary elections extensively for Monitor Newspaper,Monitor FM, Voice of Kigezi and Entatsi Newspaper. Later I worked with Uganda Radio Network. Newvision gave me opportunity to cover War in Eastern Congo. Did investigation stories. Am now the Chief Executive Officer Kigezi News Agency Limited, we publish for a number of websites in Uganda.

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